Chicken Spinach Curry

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Chicken Spinach Curry

I struggled with what to name this recipe as I drew inspiration from several Indian curry dishes. This started out as Chicken Saag, then Saagwala, then Palak.

There are so many variations on what is essentially and simply a Chicken Spinach Curry dish.

Chicken Spinach Curry

Saag vs. Saagwala vs. Palak

After reading up on sources that are way more adept at Indian cuisine like this one. Originally, the term Saag was used as a general term for all Indian curries made of various greens.

Conversely, Palak is specifically spinach greens and curry, which is actually a type of Saag. 

One other difference I noticed is that some of these Indian dishes use a yogurt while others use cream.

You could probably use coconut cream interchangeably with the cream in this recipe.

Chicken Spinach Curry

How To Start

  1. To start your Chicken Spinach Curry first…Dice up chicken breast in 1-2” chunks and place in a bowl or ziploc bag. Combine the cumin, curry, garlic powder and salt. Toss the chicken in these spices and let sit for at least 5 mins.
  2. Heat a large dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add in the onion and serrano chiles, then stir and cook to soften, about 2-4 mins.
  3. As the onions are softened, heat a separate skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the chicken to this separate skillet and brown on all sides for 3-6 minutes. Turn off heat so as to not overcook.

Next Step…

  1. Turn your attention back to the onion mixture…Next add in the garlic and ginger to the softened onion and chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add in the baby spinach, working in batches continually stirring and tossing as to wilt the spinach.
  2. Stir in the coriander, cumin, and fresh cilantro to combine with the spinach and onion mixture. Next add in the cream and turn down the heat. Stir and mix to fully combine.
  3. Using a stick blender (or transfer to a separate blender) puree the spinach, onion, chile and cilantro mixture until fully smooth. Once the spinach mixture is completely pureed, transfer the chicken to the large dutch oven (or heavy pot).
  4. Turn heat to simmer the chicken in the spinach mixture. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
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Serve…

When I originally made this dish I served with a Keto Naan using a recipe I found on the internet here. It was very tasty and I would make again with my own tweak.

I tend to stick with simple things like serving this Chicken Spinach Curry over roasted vegetables or with riced Cauliflower.

Chicken Spinach Curry

Storage

I store the leftover Chicken Spinach Curry in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave for a fantastic work lunch or very quick dinner meal.

Chicken Spinach Curry

Chicken Spinach Curry

Chicken Spinach Curry

A lovely spinach and curry chicken dish. This Chicken Spinach Curry is a hearty family Low Carb meal…and great for leftovers, too.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken saag, curry chicken, saagwala, spinach
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken breast cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chile sliced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger fresh minced
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup cilantro rough chop
  • 3/4 of a cup of cream

Instructions

  • Dice up chicken breast in 1-2” chunks and place in a bowl or ziploc bag. Combine the cumin, curry, garlic powder and salt. Toss the chicken in these spices and let sit for at least 5 mins.
  • Heat a large dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add in the onion and serrano chiles, then stir and cook to soften, about 2-4 mins.
  • As the onions are softened, heat a separate skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the chicken to this separate skillet and brown on all sides for 3-6 minutes. Turn off heat so as to not overcook.
  • Turn your attention back to the onion mixture…Next add in the garlic and ginger to the softened onion and chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add in the baby spinach, working in batches continually stirring and tossing as to wilt the spinach.
  • Stir in the coriander, cumin, and fresh cilantro to combine with the spinach and onion mixture. Next add in the cream and turn down the heat. Stir and mix to fully combine.
  • Using a stick blender (or transfer to a separate blender) puree the spinach, onion, chile and cilantro mixture until fully smooth. Once the spinach mixture is completely pureed, transfer the chicken to the large dutch oven (or heavy pot).
  • Turn heat to simmer the chicken in the spinach mixture. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice, with Keto naan bread, or on it’s own.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4680IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg
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